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Snapdragon: OnePlus, Qualcomm partner for Snapdragon Spaces extended reality feature in OnePlus 11 5G

OnePlus is betting big on extended reality and as a part of the strategy, the company has announced a partnership with Qualcomm to bring Snapdragon Spaces extended reality feature in the OnePlus 11 5G. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform will provide the option to developers to explore the potential of augmented reality (AR) wearables.
Furthermore, with this partnership, the OnePlus 11 5G flagship becomes the first smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC to offer Snapdragon Spaces on smartphones.
What is Snapdragon Spaces
The Snapdragon Spaces is Qualcomm’s open mixed-reality (XR) platform for developing AR software using the company’s mobile hardware technologies. It will enable developers to help companies build an accessible XR ecosystem using the technology that will essentially lead to the next generation of immersive technology.
“Developers can create immersive experiences for AR glasses that adapt to any environment and transform how we connect with the spaces around us by using the OnePlus 11 5G,” the company said.


“Augmented reality is the next generation of computing and it is the future. Snapdragon Spaces takes into account features like head tracking, plane detection, and world understanding, among others,” Hugo Swart, vice president and general manager of XR (VR and AR) at Qualcomm, said during a media gathering at MWC 2023.
Snapdragon Spaces use cases
With OnePlus 11 5G and Snapdragon Spaces, users will be able to experience real-world events such as live concerts, films, and other exclusive events wherever they are. The technology will also boost the augmented reality gaming performance as a remote controller when paired with the Qualcomm Wireless AR Wireless Smart Viewer glasses powered by the Snapdragon XR2 platform.
OnePlus Hardware Ray Tracing
Along with the Snapdragon Spaces XR developer platform, OnePlus also introduced the first Hardware Ray Tracing solution compatible with the mobile XR ecosystem. The Chinese tech giant demonstrated an AR concert using a Tower of Fantasy game character.
In the demo, Jane Tian, director of product management in gaming and graphics at OnePlus used the Qualcomm Wireless AR Wireless Smart Viewer glasses to showcase real-time ray tracing effects like specular reflection and shadow on an animated model.
“The OnePlus PhysRay X Snapdragon Spaces solution for the AR2 platform is customised and efficient. It is compatible with modern Vulkan API, optimised for dual eye rendering, and equipped with low latency wireless connection,” said Tian.
(Disclaimer: The author is covering MWC in Barcelona on the invite of OnePlus)



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